TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox as the 29th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Fox, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate to Hillsborough Community College (HCC).
Fox has been a trailblazer, role model and advocate in the Tampa Bay community for more than four decades. Fox's contributions, both as an educator and community leader, have greatly improved the education and quality of life for students in Hillsborough County. Fox served as a Professor of Mathematics at HCC for 33 years, where she pioneered the college's distance learning mathematics program. While working as a professor at the University of South Florida (USF), Fox worked to ensure that cross-enrolled HCC students met their math requirements.
In addition to Fox's work at HCC, she has also volunteered with the Juvenile Justice Council, the County's Citizens' Advisory Council and the State Attorney General's office. During Fox's 30-year tenure as a League of Women Voters volunteer, she helped produce more than 150 debates and town halls. Fox has received numerous recognitions for her volunteerism, including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, the Alumnus of the Year by Holy Names Alumni Association and was inducted into the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame by Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.
Fox becomes the 394th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $19.85 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10 million over the next five seasons.